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We offer a variety of classes for all different skill levels and processes. 

(Past workshops are listed at the bottom of the page) 


Collaborating with Strangers & CoLAB Café

Have you ever been interested in collaborating with a visual Artist on a project? Are you an Artist looking for others to be inspired by or work with? This workshop aims to connect people: to meet others, learn what their work and passions are, and imagine collaborative projects.

MARCH 18, 2023 10 AM - 2:30 PM

MARCH 19, 2023 1 PM - 3 PM at

GFAA Gallery: 1314 S Main Street

$30 - Total




Collaborating with Strangers is a two part workshop led by Bess de Farber, the Grants Manager at University of Florida Libraries. As a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators, she invented Collaborating with Strangers Workshops, under the umbrella of CoLAB Planning Series®, which are large group facilitated processes for individuals and organizations seeking new collaborative partnerships. This process has served more than 600 organizations and 2,500 individuals since 2002.

The first part of the workshop, Collaborating with Strangers, consists of Artists and Collaborators meeting in the Gallery to form relationships.

The second part of the workshop, CoLAB Café, is a shorter workshop reviewing the day before and solidifying relationships with new collaborators. 

GFAA will be having an exhibition titled CO-CREATION, an exhibition based solely on collaborative projects - this workshop CAN be a way to meet co-creators for this exhibition, but participation in the exhibition is not required!  




Bess de Farber is an expert collaboration facilitator and grant seeker with decades of experience in nonprofits and academic libraries. She has worked with 3500 people in CoLAB processes. She offers insider advice to pioneering grant seekers and project managers through her books, workshops, and training sessions. You can learn more about our workshop facilitator here!


Participants should bring:

  • Notebooks

  • Pen or pencil 


1. Payment is non-refundable. Max class size is 50 people, with a minimum of 14 people. If you find you need to cancel and wish to find a replacement, it is your responsibility to find  that replacement and to obtain the funds. Please contact us first in case there is a waitlist. If you find someone yourself, please provide us with the contact information for your replacement.

2. Questions should be directed to Katy at 

3. Your payment serves as your agreement to this cancellation policy.


Past Workshops

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